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Canon i450 Printing issue

My Mother-in-Law has a Canon i450 at her office that she has had for years. She recently replaced the ink cartridges, however the balc ink is not working properly. It was initially printing as if it were almost empty and now does not print black at all/ we replaced the cartridge with a new one, we ran a cleaning and a deeper clean I ran throught the other diagnostics as well, yet it still does not print black.

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  • Geoff Coburn Nov 03, 2008

    Thank you, will try it today.

  • Jackie Johnson May 11, 2010

    Printer will not print with black ink. Canon i450 microfine droplet technology? Help? Color works fine, but not black. It comes out blank. Any help:



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This clearly indicates that the printhead of your black cartridge is completely blocked and it needs internal cleaning which cannot be done by printers cleaning commands.the print head has to be removed from the printer and and then cleaned with isoprophyll and soft tissue very slowly and gently.if u dont have a technical idea taking it to the repair center is advisable.

hope this helps.....

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